HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at London, UK or Virtually from your home or work.

8th Edition of International Conference on Dentistry
and Oral Health

August 24-26, 2023

August 24-26, 2023 | London, UK
ICDO 2018

Jim Chung

Jim Chung, Speaker at Oral Health Conferences
Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Canada
Title: Delivering Mobile Dentistry to the Geriatric Population - The Future of Dentistry

Abstract:

Over the next twenty years, Canada is expected to double her population of  senior citizens over the age of 64 to ten million, …. and I’ll be one of them.   Western Europe and Japan are even further along this path than North America.
In Canada we are seeing a proliferation of assisted living centers where seniors who are still fit and healthy  choose  to transition from private residence to living in apartments suites with varying levels of concierge service like full housekeeping and meal preparation.    As these complexes grow in sheer size, I envision both medical and dental practices embedded into them as their residence population becomes big enough to support  a practice and business (dentistry is still a private nongovernment sponsored health profession in Canada).    The Canadian winter severely inhibits seniors from accessing services outside of their retirement complexes.
For the past decade, I got a taste of this future.   My practice devoted two Fridays a month to delivering comprehensive mobile dentistry to two centers within a 5 km radius.  This made it possible for them to access my clinic for difficult procedures like extractions and implant placement.   Meanwhile we provided the full spectrum of services:   restorative/endodontic/prosthetic/hygiene and select surgery at their retirement center.  We carried a mobile x-ray, chair, supplies and a dental unit that combined compressor and vacuum suction, which could be broken down and carried in the back of an estate car.
It was rewarding experience; one that gave us some needed exercise and healthy change of scene but a difficult one to initiate.  Most retirement homes are reluctant to allow us entry not quite believing what we are capable of even with a mobile service.  But once convinced, they often feature our services when soliciting new clients.
I’ll be giving you some valuable tips on conducting geriatric dentistry and hoping to convince you that this is one future of dentistry that most clinicians are not prepared to embrace. Getting there ahead of others could mean a great difference in your success and satisfaction as a dentist.

Biography:

Dr Jim Chung is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds degrees in Biochemistry and Dentistry.  He has practiced in remote underserviced regions like Northern Ontario and the metropolitan centers of Vancouver and Toronto over the past 25 years. As an undergraduate he conducted research and published peer reviewed papers on metallothionein (heavy metal binding protein) and pulmonary surfactant.  He was also instrumental  in harvesting bovine surfactant for human neonatal trials. While a busy general practice dentist in Toronto,  he also became an avid professional astronomer and published his first book on the topic in 2015 “Astroimaging Projects for the Amateur Astronomer – A Maker’s Guide”  and enjoys speaking professionally about the topic of planetary astrophotography. He sold his practice in 2017 and now works one day a week clinically and spends the other four days at his new position with the RCDSO in downtown Toronto.

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